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EPA announces new WIFIA loans totaling more than $415 million

EPA announces new WIFIA loans totaling more than $415 million

September 21, 2020 at 9:36 am 0 comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced two new Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loans at events in Oceanside, Calif. and Salt Lake City, Utah. EPA’s 27th and 28th WIFIA loans will provide more than $415 million to help the local communities finance important water infrastructure projects—supporting anRead More

EPA announces research funding to control harmful algal blooms

EPA announces research funding to control harmful algal blooms

September 21, 2020 at 8:13 am 0 comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken another step to address the environmental challenges posed by harmful algal blooms (HABs) by announcing $6,487,188 in funding to seven institutions to research how to prevent and control HABs using current and new technologies. With the announcement, EPA under President Donald TrumpRead More

COMMENTARY: The Liberal Case for EPA’s New WOTUS Law

COMMENTARY: The Liberal Case for EPA’s New WOTUS Law

August 10, 2020 at 1:05 pm 0 comments

By Mike Keegan After withstanding numerous preemptive judicial challenges, the Trump administration’s version of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) went into effect on June 22. The Trump rule circumscribed the federal regulatory power over U.S. waters compared to the 2015 Obama administration’s rule which circumscribed the previous ruleRead More

EPA Headquarters building at the Federal Triangle in Washington, DC.

An Update on the WIFIA Loan Program

August 10, 2020 at 9:28 am 0 comments

With three years of solid results, WIFIA looks poised for long-term success. But the program could also be a very effective part of the federal response to COVID-19. By John Ryan The U.S. EPA’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act Loan Program (WIFIA) was enacted in 2014 and became operationalRead More

EPA rule to reduce lead plumbing materials finalized

EPA rule to reduce lead plumbing materials finalized

August 3, 2020 at 9:59 am 0 comments

In July, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a final rule to reduce lead in plumbing materials used in public water systems, homes, schools and other facilities. The agency says the action marks a significant milestone in implementing the Trump Administration’s Federal Action Plan to Reduce Childhood Lead ExposuresRead More

EPA announces $6 billion in WIFIA funds for water projects

EPA announces $6 billion in WIFIA funds for water projects

July 20, 2020 at 10:39 am 1 comment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced the 2020 notice of funding availability under its Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program, including funding for WIFIA’s new state infrastructure financing authority, known as the SWIFIA program. These funding programs accelerate investment in critical water infrastructure through innovative andRead More

House FY21 spending bill includes no new direct WIFIA appropriations

House FY21 spending bill includes no new direct WIFIA appropriations

July 20, 2020 at 9:30 am 0 comments

As the start of the federal Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) rapidly approaches on October 1st, the U.S. House has begun working to advance its annual Appropriations (funding) bills through their committee process. Last week, the House Appropriations Committee passed its Interior and Environment bill to fund the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)Read More

San Francisco gets $513 million WIFIA loan for wastewater

San Francisco gets $513 million WIFIA loan for wastewater

July 10, 2020 at 11:00 am 0 comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced a $513 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) in California to help finance needed pretreatment and other related improvements to its Southeast Treatment Plant, which treats 80 percent of San Francisco’sRead More

EPA releases financial impact tool for water utilities

EPA releases financial impact tool for water utilities

July 9, 2020 at 10:03 am 0 comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a new tool to help water utilities assess the financial impact of COVID-19 on operations. Throughout the COVID-19 national health emergency — and as communities across the country reopen — water utilities have reliably provided safe drinking water and critical wastewater services.Read More

Associations support positive regulatory determination on PFAS

Associations support positive regulatory determination on PFAS

June 8, 2020 at 8:59 am 0 comments

Nine leading water associations are urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to use “sound science and robust analyses” as it evaluates drinking water standards for two per- and polyfluorinated substances (PFAS). In a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), Association of Metropolitan WaterRead More